This podcast was recorded at the Disciple-making conference breakout session training. Across the nation, more than half of the population lives in multifamily housing. What’s more, nearly 95 percent of these people who live in luxury apartments, gated communities, government housing communities, trailer parks and other multihousing communities are unchurched. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” model for disciple-making among the different multihousing communities across the state, Zac Lyons shares proven principles that churches can use to begin to engage these families.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
I want to make the case that multifamily housing is one of the most strategic places for us to start working toward the goal [of making disciples] that we should start with our churches and our lives if we want to impact lostness through disciple-making. Multifamily housing is high-density pockets of people. They live in close proximity to one another: apartments, trailer parks, public housing, condominiums. We need to understand that that’s not just a building. There are souls on top of souls in these places that we drive by. The Baptist Press published some research that said that 57 percent of the United States lives in multifamily housing. That should put it on our radar. More specifically, in North Carolina, one out of every three people lives in multifamily housing. There’s almost a million people just in the metro Charlotte, Triad and Triangle [who live in multifamily housing]. If you took all the residents of multifamily housing in America, and you made them their own nation, it would be the seventh largest nation in the world. Ninety-five percent of those people are unchurched. Ninety-five percent of the souls in those buildings that you drive by are unchurched. This is by far the largest demographic of lostness in North America. If our stated goal is to impact lostness through disciple-making, if our Lord’s command is to go into the world and make disciples, people that are far from Him, teach them what it means to follow Him, it’s not just strategic, it’s imperative that we start with multifamily housing.
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